New Zealand is a country that’s known for being overwhelmingly welcoming to backpackers. With so many young people on their year-long sabbatical to Australia (aided by a working visa so they can work at orchards and farms or the random odd-job to further fund their travels) New Zealand is frequently a starting or ending point […]
I’ll just go ahead and say it – I wasn’t looking forward to visiting Auckland. It’s the biggest city in the country and I’ve made my pilgrimage here to New Zealand for the beautiful scenery and the feeling of being isolated in the wilderness. For me, Auckland was merely a place to pass through before […]
I’m sitting on the plane en route to New Zealand, and after two days packed with exploring I finally have a free moment to reflect on my oh-so-brief time in Sydney. SNAP JUDGEMENT: Sydney is a really vibrant city! It has world-class beaches, tons of green space, beautiful coastal hikes and neighborhoods steeped in history […]
At long last, here is the Torres del Paine “Top 5” video that I created for the Travel Channel. I wrote, shot, edited and narrated this project, and being able to travel down to Patagonia was an amazing experience! While watching this video I just want you to imagine me with a little camera and […]
15 days ago: I lost my job13 days ago: I went to Florida12 days ago: I bought my plane ticket to New Zealand8 days ago: I came back from Florida7 days ago: I bought my backpack5 days ago: I went to NYC3 days ago: I came back from NYCToday: It’s my last day at my […]
See my entire 55 Places bucket list here. When I finally got to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the first place I headed was Grey Lake, home to magnificent icebergs and the Grey Glacier. I think “chill” would be the operative word with this particular adventure.
The journey to complete my 55 Places bucket list continues… October 16, 2009 at 8:19 am, I had my first glance of South America from my Delta Airlines window seat. I was happy and relaxed, because (lucky me) I didn’t have anyone sitting next to me on the long overnight flight. Chile’s brown, rolling mountains […]
Well, after nearly 24 hours of traveling, I’m back home, safe and sound! The flights home were much less dramatic than the ones there, which is good, although my luggage is broken! But, at least it’s here , so I’m thankful for that. I’ll be posting some of my favorite pictures over the next few […]
After a 12 hour drive across the Patagonian Steppe yesterday, the mountains of Argentina were a welcome sight. It was one heck of a monotonous drive, and at times, a confusing one, because no one spoke english except for one Italian couple from Palermo. In my mind, they will always have little halos around their […]
After 2 days of rainy, snowy grayness, I thought it was going to rain again today, my last day in Torres del Paine. I was absolutely convinced of it. One of my guides, Filipe, told me that the forecast was not looking good; he’s been here 8 years and knows what he’s talking about. Last […]
This morning started out a little rough… But it actually ended up being a pretty decent day! We went to the Salto Grande waterfall and were able to see the Cuernos, or “horns,” one of the park’s icons. It’s snowing again, so I’m looking forward to a cozy evening in at the Patagonia Camp! I […]
Key lessons learned today: 1.) Don’t drink coffee before bed. I did, and the wind kept me up for hours. (When you have a 6:45 am call time, that’s not the best thing that could happen.) 2.) Patagonia is FREAKING COLD! I mean, I knew this, but when you’re actually here it’s pretty intense. Especially […]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
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The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
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On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...